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This week in the House

Sitting week beginning Monday 11 September 2017

Sitting week beginning Monday, 11 September 2017 — 4th House sitting week of the 45th Parliament’s 2017 spring sittings.

This page summarises matters expected to be considered by the House of Representatives and its Federation Chamber. It is updated weekly during sittings. For a full report of the business dealt with, including a list of documents presented, go to the Votes and Proceedings. To read the debates, including question time, go to Hansard.

For details about the proposed program of business for each sitting of the House and Federation Chamber and that sitting’s public hearings of House and joint committees go to the House Daily Program (usually available at least 1 hour before the House is scheduled to meet).

This week the House is expected to sit on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in a pattern similar to that described in the Infosheet 'A typical sitting day'.

The Federation Chamber is also expected to meet on Monday (from 10.30am to 1.30pm and from 4pm to 7.30pm), Tuesday (from 4pm to 7.30pm), Wednesday (from 10am to 1.30pm and from 4pm to 7.30pm) and on Thursday (from 10am to approximately 1pm).

For details about House and Federation Chamber standard hours see the order of business diagram at http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Chamber_documents/HoR/Order_of_Business

 

Real time tracking of business done by the House and the Federation Chamber

You can track each item of business as it is being done in the House Chamber and the Federation Chamber by using the “LiveMinutes” service.

You can see proceedings of the House and the Federation Chamber via the webcasts at www.aph.gov.au/Watch_Read_Listen.

Legislation

For information on how laws are made go to 'Making Laws', for the text of each bill go to Billsnet after the Bill is introduced.

Government bills are expected to be introduced into the House this week. These bills will be listed on the House Daily Program and the text of each bill will be available on ParlInfo after they are introduced.

Details of bills to be introduced are not available prior to their introduction.

On Monday in the House at 10.35am the following private Members’ bills are expected to be introduced:

  • Fair Work Amendment (Terminating Enterprise Agreements) Bill 2017 — Mr Wilkie (Ind, Denison, Tas)
  • Fair Work Amendment (Recovering Unpaid Superannuation) Bill 2017— Ms Sharkie (NXT, Mayo, SA)
  • Renewable Fuel Bill 2017 — Mr Katter (KAP, Kennedy, Qld)
  • Competition and Consumer Amendment (Exploitation of Indigenous Culture) Bill 2017 — Mr Katter (KAP, Kennedy, Qld)

In the House during the week it is planned to resume debate on the following Government bills already introduced (note – these plans may change as the week unfolds, especially if some of the bills listed below are referred to the Federation Chamber by the House):

Monday

  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017
  • Australian Border Force Amendment (Protected Information) Bill 2017
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan No. 2) Bill 2017

Tuesday

  • Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan No. 2) Bill 2017
  • Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (A More Sustainable, Responsive and Transparent Higher Education System) Bill 2017

Wednesday

  • Statute Update (Smaller Government) Bill 2017
  • Defence Legislation Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill 2017
  • Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Omnibus) Bill 2017
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Payment Integrity) Bill 2017
  • Imported Food Control Amendment Bill 2017

Thursday

  • Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Amendment Bill 2017*
  • Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017*
  • Medicare Levy Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding) Bill 2017

* If received from the Senate

In the Federation Chamber it is planned to resume debate on the following Government business matters and Committee and Delegation Reports:

Monday - TBA
Tuesday - TBA
Wednesday - TBA
Thursday - TBA

Committee and delegation reports and statements and private Members’ motions

On Monday at 10.10am, a statement is expected to be made on the progress of the following committee inquiry:

  • Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth— Mr O’Dowd (Chair) (Nat, Flynn, Qld) — The trade system and the digital economy

On Monday at 10.15 am, the following committee reports are expected to be presented and statements made:

  • Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories — Mr Morton (Chair) (Lib, Tangney, WA) — The strategic importance of Australia’s Indian Ocean territories
  • Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources — Ms M Landry (Chair) (Nat, Capricornia, Qld) — Social issues relating to land-based automated vehicles in Australia

Other committee reports may be presented during the week.

On Monday at approximately 11.15am, the following private Senator’s bill, previously transmitted, will be debated in the House:

  • Competition and Consumer Legislation Amendment (Small Business Access to Justice) Bill 2017

On Monday at approximately 11.25am, the following private Members’ motion will be debated in the House:

  • Israel — Mr Robert (Lib, Fadden, Qld)

At approximately 11am the following private Member’s motions will be debated in the Federation Chamber:

  • Building Better Regions Fund — Mr Wallace (LP, Fisher, Qld)
  • Sexual assault and domestic violence trauma counselling — Ms T Butler (ALP, Griffiths, Qld)
  • Regional Australia’s infrastructure programs — Ms M Landry (Nat, Capricornia, Qld)

At approximately 4.45pm on Monday the following private Member’s motions will be debated in the Federation Chamber.

  • Thompson Square, Windsor — Ms Templeman (ALP, Macquarie, NSW)
  • 457 visa program — Mr Christensen (Nat, Dawson, Qld)
  • Melanoma and Lego Surf Rescue project — Ms Rowland (ALP, Greenway, NSW)
  • Small businesses and government defence contracts — Mr Wallace (Lib, Fisher, Qld)
  • Regional universities — Ms McGowan (Ind, Indi, Vic)

Auditor-General’s reports

2017-18 reports of the Auditor-General may be presented after question time on sitting days.

Matters of Public Importance

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after question time, in accordance with the House's standing orders, it is possible for the House to discuss a matter of public importance (MPI). If an MPI is proposed by a Member, and is in order, the subject of the MPI will be announced shortly after midday on each of these days and published on the House's website. If more than one MPI is proposed the Speaker will decide which MPI is the most urgent and important to be submitted to the House that day. There will be no MPI on Tuesday because the debate on the condolence motion will take precedence.

Grievance debate

In accordance with standing orders Grievance Debate is held on sitting Tuesdays in the Federation Chamber. At no later than 6.30pm debate is resumed on the question ‘That grievances be noted’ and debate ensues for one hour. Debate on the question is practically unlimited in scope, giving Members the opportunity, in 10 minute speeches, to raise matters in which they have a particular interest or to discuss complaints of constituents. This week there will also be a Grievance Debate on Wednesday.

Petitions

This week Members' may present petitions during the time reserved for Members' Statements in the House and the Federation Chamber, during the time reserved for Members’ constituency statements in the Federation Chamber and during the Adjournment Debates of the House and the Federation Chamber.

For more details about petitioning the House of Representatives see the petitions webpage.

For details about House and Federation Chamber debate times see the order of business diagram.

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